it’s alive!

Without life, soil would just be sediment. Life is what makes soil so interesting and important. So what’s in there? plants It may seem obvious, but actually plants are the number one most important form of soil life. They are the major source of almost all the carbon – read food – in the soil….

Fungi food

Woody and difficult to break down substances come in three general forms: logs and stumps small branches leaves/grass. logs and stumps Logs have a very high carbon to nutrient ratio. This means that, no matter how they are dealt with, most of their mass will be returned to the atmosphere as CO2. All of this…

The resource hierarchy

There is a certain school of thought that claims that if compost isn’t the answer, then you’ve asked the wrong question. This is not a position I share. I will no doubt lose friends for saying so, but I think that thermophilic (hot rot) compost is rarely an appropriate use of resources. Thermophilic composting takes…

What lies beneath?

One came to be alone out of many, so at another time it divided to be many out of One: fire and water and earth and the limitless vault of air Empedocles If you want to build a space ship or a mobile phone, De Chancourtois‘ periodic table of elements wins hands down. But, to…